This report presents an analysis of written responses to the Scottish Government's consultation on its draft Climate Change (Reporting on Climate Change Duties) (Scotland) Order 2015. This order proposes to use the powers in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 ('the Act') to introduce a statutory requirement for specified public bodies, described as 'Major Players', to prepare annual reports on their compliance with their climate change duties under the Act.
There was a very high level of support for the proposed new reporting requirements, although a small number of respondents did not support them. A number of cross-cutting issues were raised, both by respondents who supported the proposals, and those who did not. These issues included the need to take account of the diversity among public bodies which would be reporting, and the need for alignment with other reporting requirements.
Consultation responses included detailed comments on the proposed questions in and policy areas covered by the reporting requirements. Also discussed were likely resource implications for public bodies; the role of quality assurance and accountability for the reporting; and potential impacts for the business and voluntary sector and for groups with ‘protected’ equalities characteristics.